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Crispy Chili Tofu Bowls

Chili Crispy Tofu Bowls

Author: Thomas
Crispy tofu tossed with a sweet and spicy chili sauce. Served with brown rice, avocado, and green onions. The perfect balance of sweet, spicy and savory!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 15 mins
Servings 2 servings
Calories 437 kcal


Fried Tofu

  • 9 ounces firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon chili powder
  • oil for frying

Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch


  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 avocado
  • chopped green onions carrots, sesame seeds


Fried Tofu

  • Start by cooking the rice: bring a large pot of water to a boil, add about ½ cup rice and cook according to the package instruction.
  • While the rice is cooking, drain the tofu: place it on a layer of three or four kitchen paper towels, top with another layer of kitchen paper towels, and press firmly to remove excess water.
  • Cut it into 2-inch cubes. Transfer the cubes to a baking dish. Add the cornstarch, salt, and chili powder, and mix to coat the tofu evenly.
  • Heat about 1 inch of oil in a large saucepan, or deep skillet. Once hot, carefully add the tofu, one cube at a time to make sure they don't stick to each other. Fry for about 3 minutes. Flip the tofu cubes halfway through frying and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Set aside.
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring regularly until it starts to slightly thicken. Add the fried tofu and stir to coat.
  • Bowls: Divide the cooked brown rice between two bowls, top with sliced avocado, chili tofu, green onions, raw veggies like carrots or cucumber, and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.


Baked Tofu: If you prefer to bake instead of frying, preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the tofu into cubes and season with salt and chili powder. Leave out the cornstarch. Place the tofu on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.


Serving: 1 (includes avocado and rice)Calories: 437 kcalCarbohydrates: 48.5 gProtein: 15.2 gFat: 21.3 gFiber: 8.2 gSugar: 8.2 g
Course : Entree, Main Course
Cuisine : Asian
Keyword : chili crispy tofu, crispy tofu, tofu recipe, vegan tofu recipe
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